Industrial output is continuing to struggle in the second quarter of 2011 according to the latest Government figures.
And a productivity expert says the problems are down to staff on maternity leave.
"I've been into around 200 offices and workplaces in the last 6 months and the problems with a continued lack of output is plain to see." Simon Parkes from the Commercial and Industrial Productivity Council told reporters.
"Everywhere I've been, there has been at least one woman who's parading her new-born around the office. While it seems cute, what actually happens is that workers get distracted, leave what they are doing and gather around a baby who can neither recognise them or will have any recollection of the encounter, just so they can bill and coo for their colleague's benefit."
"Unfortunately, that means an un-natural break in the working day, leading to a drop in output, productivity and ultimately profits."
Mr Parkes' research suggests that in 2011 alone, around 7 thousand workers will lose their jobs because of the unplanned break in the working day a visiting new mum brings.